On 25 May 2011, the European Commission published its report on progress achieved in the Common Fisheries Policy over the last few years and its suggestions for fishing opportunities in EU waters in 2012. The document sets out how the Commission intends to act on the scientific advice it receives about the state of fish stocks when proposing catch limits and quotas for 2012. The latest figures show that the state of fish stocks in European waters is slowly improving, but sufficient scientific data is still missing for the majority of the stocks, mainly due to inadequate reporting by Member States. The Commission will therefore be using a new method for setting fishing limits, notably cutting levels where insufficient data exist.
Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, held a press conference to announce that the Commission's ideas would be the object of a wide consultation over the summer 2011 and that the input would feed into its proposals for fishing opportunities for 2012. SHOTLIST